I saw this action-packed game presented at a youth camp I was a part of many years ago and the suspense hooked me right in immediately. It’s like musical chairs for small groups. It’s a fun energiser no doubt, but you may also choose to present this exercise as a lesson in reading social cues.
At a push, I would suggest that Up Nelson sits somewhere in my Top 60 activities. Learned from a naval officer during a training workshop I was presenting, this competitive sit-down-at-a-table game will engage your group immediately and for long periods of time. The echoes of laughter and thrilling excitement still reverberate in my head to this day. All you need is a solid table that could seat 8 to 12 people and a coin. Have fun.
This exercise started out as a novel arrival activity for a large group of strangers that were dribbling in ever so slowly from the previous conference session. I had never seen it done before, and now it’s become one of my go-to strategies to engage my groups before the program even starts. You could introduce it as a fun icebreaker and name-game, as much as a group initiative. Oh, if you like to be challenged, don’t miss the extra bonus activity embedded in the description. I’ve only seen this challenge accomplished on three other occasions.